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Guest opinion: Why we need the downtown plan

Original post made on Oct 7, 2010

Have you heard about the draft plan for El Camino Real and downtown? Menlo Park seeks your comments and suggestions to inform our study and decision-making in the months ahead.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

We do need a downtown plan. But it should be one that the residents, business owners, and developers all participate in. Not one that is based on what Kelly Fergusson and Heyward Robinson and their tightly consultants on a short leash want.

Remember it was Kelly's political advisor, Gail Slocum, who opposed the Cafe barrone Keplers complex that most Menlo Park residents have grown to love.

We also neeed a City Council plan so when Kelly realizes that she has no support for running for the board of Supervisors, or the AD21 seat, the residents will rally around the call to keep Ms.Fergusson from having a third term on the Menlo park City Council.

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Posted by not this plan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

Fergusson in this viewpoint simply walks around the heart of why this is a bad plan.

She and our City planners want to build higher and denser. She doesn't tall you that they are looking to add 600 housing units, does she?

The whole design of the plan is to eliminate on grade parking and replace it with parking structures to accommodate the extra needed parking. If you want Menlo Park to be a Redwood City or a Sunnyvale, than you will like this plan. Not my cup of tea thank you.

The consultant, claims this is what the public wanted. Hardly. They took off on their own, with covered market place and high rise buildings

Fergusson has been such a disappointment. I voted for her (twice) but never again. You can't trust anything she says anymore.

Just look at her vote on the Bohannon project. She was against until she after meeting with Bohannon privately, changes her mind and announces that she has obtained $500,000 for landscaping and that will make the project beautiful and therefore it is now acceptable.

This council which has spent over $1 million and climbing on this plan needs to be replaced. This attempt at a specific plan should be stopped now and stop wasting money of this lousy plan

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

Dear not this plan,

Kelly changed her mind regarding the Bohaanon project because Bohannon agreed to Gail's LEED proposal. Once that happened Gail prevailed upon Kelly to change her mind. The landscaping was thrown in to give the appearance that Kelly changed her mind due to the meager beautification. This transparent subterfuge is so laughable. Don't be fooled. It was Gail that brought Kelly in line- as usual.

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Posted by not this plan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Kelly's not fooling anyone and neither is Gail. The "green" groupies should banish them both for backing a project that is so obviously going to raise the CO2 and other emissions, since 70 - 80% of these come from autos, and this project with its largess is attracting so many auto trips

[Portion removed. Please avoid rumors.] Her position on Measure T is completely out of line with her previous positions on development.

Kelly is working hard to try and get both Cline and Robinson re-elected. That would make her the next Mayor for sure. Otherwise, her chances are nil, and she knows it.

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Posted by Gail Slocum
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm


Your facts in your are first posting above absolutely incorrect. I did not and never have opposed the building that Kepler's and Barrone's are in.

That building was fully built by 1988 or so. That was before I got involved with City matters in 1989, and was elected to the City Council in 1990.

Please do not attribute to me positions that are not based in fact.

Gail Slocum

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Posted by Gail Slocum
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hank, regarding your October 8 posting, again, please do not make assertions as fact your own beliefs about what happened.

Kelly was opposed to the project even after my and others' suggested modifications had been made and only agreed to support once enough of her own, separate desired changes were added into that mix.

Kelly is her own person and really doesn't listen to or do everything I would like her to, and there are plenty of other examples of that recently.

Gail Slocum

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